Rosie Jones didn't know who it would be and wasn't sure when it would happen. She did know someone would come after her in the $600,000 Corning Classic.
Val Skinner was the one and her charge came from far off the pace.Jones shot a 1-under-par 71 and maintained a one-shot lead over Skinner, who made the move Saturday with a third-round 66. There are plenty of others still within reach.
"I'm not surprised Val made a charge," Jones said. "She kind of fizzled out (Friday). She was having trouble with her swing, and she got it straightened out. It could have been anybody."
Skinner, who played in the same group as Jones in the first two rounds, might be leading had she not struggled to a 75 in the second round. Skinner immediately went to work, making four birdies and an eagle en route to a 31 on the front nine.
Skinner came back from a six-shot deficit and caught Jones with another birdie on 12. Skinner went ahead for one hole when Jones made a bogey on No. 13 and fell to seven under.
"The leader board doesn't bother me," Skinner said. "I don't chase it, and I don't get pumped up about it. I have to worry about me."
Jones, who had built a three-stroke lead after two rounds, had problems gaining momentum and momentarily lost her lead before making birdies on Nos. 14 and 16 in moving to 9-under 207.
On the uphill, par-5 14th, Jones landed the ball in front of the green and within five feet. Two holes later, she dropped a sand wedge within five feet and took sole possession of the lead.
"I didn't feel I lost momentum or anything," said Jones, who has six career victories. "I'm trying not to let my score affect my play. So far so good."
Swirling winds made club selection difficult on the hilly, 6,062-yard course at Corning Country Club, which is damaged in spots from a harsh winter and snow that fell two weeks ago.
Michelle Estill and Patti Liscio were two shots behind the leaders. Estill made three birdies on the back nine en route to a 69, and Liscio rode a hole-in-one on the 125-yard 15th to a 68.